Archive for August, 2008

Okra feast

Okra feast

Okra feast

On Friday, I went on my usual shopping trip to the lovely, albeit oddly-named, Fruits Rocky Montana market near our apartment (a strange little Indian place). Okra was on sale. So I bought lots.

Yusuke enthusiastically prepared a simple and tasty okra feast. For one dish, he boiled the okra and then chopped it up, as finely as possible. We ate it mixed with a little soy sauce (of course) and bonito flakes. The sticky texture made it perfect with rice. The other dish was more of a salad, with shrimp and larger pieces of okra, and a dressing of soy sauce, sesame oil, and sesame seeds. The soup was one of Yusuke’s favourite stand-bys: miso with eggs and green onions.

Simple food tastes so good.

We also did a bit of wiki-research while we were eating. Yusuke had assumed okra was Japanese, while I just associate it with the southern U.S. Turns out that the word and the plant are from west Africa.

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Pasta with okra and tomatoes

Pasta with tomatoes and okra

Pasta with tomatoes and okra

This fabulous dish is spaghetti, served cold, topped with chopped okra and tomatoes. Yusuke tossed it all with a mixture of olive oil and garlic. The soup base is chicken broth with bamboo shoots, baby spinach, and eggs—an unusual and tasty combination.

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